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Live Oak Pilz - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2003)
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Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a rich golden colored brew. Very foamy. Big, grassy hop aroma smacks your olfactory senses. Tastes fantastic, with that big grassy hop flavor and a sharp bitterness on the finish.
This is excellent. Imagine if this was your first exposure to a pilsner and then you tried the BMC versions of it… instead, for me at least, my experience has been the opposite: drinking the fizzy swill then finding out that beer has flavor. More, more, more please.

elNopalero, Feb 14, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

withliterature, Apr 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Tiernan, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Todd, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of dill
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap into a pint glass

A - a nice golden color with a thin, white head.

S - grainy, yeasty smell.

T - yeasty with a touch of hops at the end.

M - light carbonation with a medium body.

D - this is a highly drinkable beer as most of the Live Oak offerings tend to be.

dill, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Jason, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Whip-In in Austin.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsner malt with some spicy hop character. The flavor is more of the pilsner malt as well as grassy and peppery/spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Mar 19, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Dello, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

valkyre65, May 14, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with a good bit of floral and slightly citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malts kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a crisp and well done beverage. Worth a shot if you see it on.

glid02, Apr 21, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

azorie, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of javlin624
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gawnphishin for this one! Poured from a 64oz growler into my Radeberger pokal.

Aureolin, cloudy body with a faint bright white collar. Very light but sticky lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a touch of graham cracker, biscuit, and spice. Faintly "pissy" herbal hop notes as well (Saaz?).

Grassy hops with a sweet papery malt flavor that hints at adjunct on the palate. Crisp yet round and faintly buttery tones lead into the gently bitter finish with hints of white pepper.

Silky, creamy, delicate mouthfeel - undercarbonated, but judging from the appearance this is from the serving style.

Would really like to have this on-tap some day, to see if the added carbonation would enliven the flavors further. Trying not to knock too many points just because this example arrived a touch flat and diminished.

A good domestic take on a Bohemian Pilsner, though not in the same league as Moonlight's Reality Czeck, for example.

augustgarage, Mar 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

pastramionrye7, Jul 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

permian-boozer, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Gingerman. The body is just a touch thicker than most of the Czech pilsners but this lager does a great job of amplifying the Nobel hops without going over the top. There's a tasty lemon-herb hop character backed by mellow white bread malt to make this both satisfying.

tempest, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of bobbrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Disclaimer - I've only had this beer once and it was after I survived 1+ hours trying to give Rahr's beers a fair taste at their Saturday tasting (read mad house with free beer) recently (March 2008).

I happened upon the Gingerman in Fort Worth and after trying about 5 tastes of nothing special, I LOCKED onto Live Oak Pilsener! Whow what a treat! It was my life ring in a day of swarming beer sloshers at Rahr. This beer is a true Bohemian Pilz. Arguably my favorite pilsener of all time behind Tony Gomes' Saxer Pilsener.

I brought in my own pilsener glass and after about the 4th try the bartender poured it in the proper way. Slam it to the bottom from maximum height. Let it sit for 4 or 5 minutes and then nurse more gently down the side. A rocky snow cone head formed and rose about 1.5 inches above the rim.

The color is golden (didn't pay that much attention) but was opalescent as I remember Saxer's legendary product. The taste was clean and refreshing but the aftertaste is the grabber. It didn't lock my jaws as Tony's did but it dig grab me mid pallet and LINGERED! That's what I look for in a Pils and Live Oak delivered! Could it be that this sensation requires a decoction mash, or maybe a double?

I've been searching high and low lo 10+ years to find a replacement for my favorite, and now defunct, Pils and I've found a worthy substitute. And, in all places, Texas! I'd written off anything brewed in Tejas until I had this beer. Here's to hoping my second encounter will equal the first! Truly a World Class Pilsener! Bob SNOB from Washington / Portland

bobbrew, Apr 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jheezee, Jun 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Leftofthedial, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of BeerZack
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crisp golden body with nice white head that fades after a few sips.
The aromas coming off this beer are intoxicating themselves. Very "grassy", spicy hops with some citrus, makes your mouth water.

Tastes just like you would expect from the smell- dry and crisp spicyness riding over a soft grainyness that allows the hops to win the tug-o-war just enough to keep you thirsty.

This is my second favorite LO beer and probably one of my favorite Pilseners of all time (better than any bottled import I've tried; not as hoppy as a Victory Prima, but still a real craft beer). Can drink this stuff like it was made from water!

BeerZack, Apr 15, 2007
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

JamLand, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a shaker pint at Crown and Anchor. Ate a mushroom swiss burger along with it. I feel lucky to have Live Oak available across the street from work :).

The beer is a rich, clear gold with a thin, white head. Maybe it's the serving glass, but this beer won't look great with this kind of head and retention. The body is solid, however.

The nose is grassy hops followed by a sweet and sazzy bite. Very noble nose.

The beer itself is mostly noble hops, but they're balanced by a creamy sweetness left by the malt backbone. How does Live Oak get their beers to be so smooth and creamy? The main hop flavor is Saaz, which I usually hate. However, the sweetness balances them and keeps everything in check. The lingering flavor is hop bitterness, but it's subdued and welcome. Perfect balance on the hop weight throughout the beer.

This is a great casual drinking beer and another victory for Live Oak.

UTCengOwl, May 22, 2011
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Live Oak Pilz from Live Oak Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.